Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Fusilli Margherita -- Thirty Minute Thursdays

I simple love being part of this group, Thirty Minute Thursdays.  I, for sure, have the opportunity to make pasta, weekly.  No wimping out.  No complaining.  No desires to make something else.

Who am I kidding?  I love pasta.  This is my excuse to make it.  I had just bought some fresh mozzarella which is quite a treat.  It is richer and creamier than the packaged kind, I usually buy.  That is why, I picked this recipe which is simply pasta,oregano,  tomatoes and mozzarella.  A little salt and pepper, if you want.  Frankly, I think it needs the salt.

I don't know why I share my ignorance with you but I did not know which pasta was fusilli.  I found a picture and it looks like spirals.  Since, I make pasta, gluten-free, I am limited anyway so I can't get hung up, looking for the right pasta.

Cutting the cheese in small pieces was more effective than shredding it.  It spread throughout the pasta more evenly and it was really stringy.  Stringy may be the freshness of it.  That, I don't know.

Fusilli with Tomato and Mozzarella, or fusilli “Margherita”  (adapted)

  • 2 pounds fresh tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 8 ounces fresh whole milk Mozzarella
1. Fill a pot for the pasta with about 6 quarts of water, place over high heat and bring to a boil.

2. Peel the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into ½-inch dice. Put the olive oil in a 12-inch skillet and place over high heat. When the oil is hot, add the tomatoes. Sauté for just 2 to 3 minutes, then season with salt and remove from the heat. Transfer to the bowl you will be using to serve the pasta.

3. When the water for the pasta is boiling, add about 2 tablespoons salt, add the fusilli and stir well. Cook until very al dente (about 30 seconds less than you normally would).

4. Coarsely chop enough oregano leaves to measure about 2 teaspoons and add them to the tomatoes in the bowl. Cut the mozzarella into small ¼-inch dice.

5. When the pasta is done, drain well and toss with the sauce in the bowl. Add the mozzarella, toss again, then cover the bowl and let stand for about 30 seconds to allow the cheese to melt a bit. Uncover the bowl, toss one last time and serve at once.

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  1. I love fresh mozzarella and the red tomatoes in the dish! Yum!

  2. This dish is quick and easy to make. I love recipe like this. Looks yummy.

  3. This sounds sooooo GOOD!! I'm hanging on for this one until I have fresh tomatoes coming out my ears...about August! IF I can hold out that long! HA! It was so great last Summer...I'd go out and pick a few tomatoes...drop them in the pasta water while it was hot to peel them, and we'd have fresh pasta sauce. I'm so ready for MORE! I love having you in the group too Chaya!!

  4. Wow! This looks amazing! Thanks for linking up to the It's a Keeper Thursday blog hop! Be sure to come back next week and link something new!

    Christina @ It's a Keeper

  5. mmmm, yum yum! What a great pasta recipe! Thanks for sharing on Fresh Clean and Pure Friday and Seasonal Saturday!


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